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Slipping gears? Grinding noises? Shuddering? No reverse? Harsh shifting? No overdrive?

The transmission in your car is one of its most important components. Transmission issues can render your car motionless and you will be hunting for a ride or walking. If you take care of your car and its transmission, then it should last you a good long time. However, you do need to know which problems to look out for. With that in mind, read on below for a few of the most common transmission issues to be revealed.

 

The Do’s and Don’ts of Waiting for a Tow Truck Part 3

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In our last two blogs, we talked about what you should and shouldn’t do when waiting on a tow truck to pull you in for transmission repair. There are a couple of more do’s and don’ts that you should consider so that you are safe while waiting for the tow truck to arrive. From not trusting strangers to getting your car as far out of traffic as possible, following the aforementioned tips may save your life. With that in mind, read on below for a few more of the do’s and don’ts to follow when waiting on a tow truck.

DO Stay Where You are Safest

If you break down on the interstate and feel that you are safer inside of your car, stay there. Make sure to keep your seat belt on and your doors locked until the tow truck arrives. Once the tow truck driver arrives, ask for ID before you get out of the car. If you feel it is safe to get out of the car, then don’t get in the way of oncoming traffic and stay as far off the road as you can while you wait.

DON’T get out of the Car Until You are Out of Traffic

Never exit your car until you are safely out of traffic. You don’t want to get out and try to dodge traffic to get to the side of the road. If you can’t get your car out of harm’s way, then stay in the car. Don’t even get out to pop the hood or check the damage to the transmission. Stay where you are, until the tow truck arrives. It’s better to be safe and stay put than get out and be hit by oncoming motorists.

For more information and to call a tow truck for your transmission if needed, contact the professionals at Twin Transmission for help.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Waiting for a Tow Truck Part 2

The Do’s and Don’ts of Waiting for a Tow Truck Part 2

In our last article, we talked about some of the do’s and don’ts of waiting on a tow truck. When your transmission fails you or any problem causes you to pull off on the side of the road and call a tow truck from Twin Transmission to come and get you, you have put yourself in danger. With that in mind, read on below for a few more of the do’s and don’ts when waiting on a tow truck to come tow you to our shop, so that we can fix your transmission the right way.

DO Signal to Other Drivers You Aren’t Moving

Even if you are stranded during the day, you need to make sure and turn on your hazard lights. This is the best way for other motorists to see you and know that you aren’t moving. It will signal to other drivers that you aren’t moving and let them see you, especially at night.

DON’T Leave Your Stuff Unattended

If you don’t want your personal items to get stolen, then if you decide not to stay with your car, take them with you. This includes things like your purse, cell phone, insurance papers, and anything else that is important to you. Gather them with you and take them home. Making sure to take all your stuff with you will give you the peace of mind of knowing that your items are secure.

These are just a few more of the do’s and don’ts of waiting on a tow truck to come tow your car if you have car trouble. The best way to prevent this from happening to you is by making sure to bring your car into Twin Transmission for repairs if you think something is going on. In part three, we will go into a couple more do’s and don’ts. See you there!

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The Best Time to Change Your Transmission Fluid on a 2008 Honda Accord

You knew you should have had that transmission checked out a long time ago, but you kept putting it off. Now it’s 3 am and you are on the side of the road, waiting for the tow truck to come and tow your car to Twin Transmission for repairs. No matter what the issue is with your transmission, waiting for a tow truck can be dangerous if you don’t follow some simple safety tips. With that in mind, read on below for a few of the top do’s and don’ts of waiting on the tow truck to come tow you in.

DO Pull Over and Out of Traffic

The very first thing you should do is pull over and out of traffic if at all possible. If you can drive the car then do that, if not, try to push it as far out of traffic as you can get it so traffic isn’t blocked and you don’t run the risk of causing an accident before the tow truck arrives.

DON’T Accept Rides from Someone You Don’t Know

The days when you could trust just about everyone is long gone and it’s important not to accept rides from strangers. You have already called for a tow truck, wait for them to get there and be careful who you talk too. Though there may be good Samaritans out there, you never know who is going to have bad intentions. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

These are just a couple of the do’s and don’ts of waiting for a tow truck to come get your car if your transmission fails you. In part two of this, we will consider more. For more information and to get your transmission checked and repaired before it strands you, contact the professionals at Twin Transmission for help and a tow if needed.

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Signs Your Automatic Transmission is On the Fritz” is locked Signs Your Automatic Transmission is On the Fritz

Signs Your Automatic Transmission is On the Fritz

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Having a car that has an automatic transmission is certainly easier than one with a manual. You don’t have to step on a clutch to change gears and they offer easier shifting for sure. Being able to keep both hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road certainly makes it safer for you and your passengers. Eventually, however, something can happen to that automatic transmission that requires taking it into the shop for repair. Keeping that in mind, read on below for a few of the top signs that your automatic transmission is about to be on the fritz.

A Fluid Leak

Your car’s transmission should never leak. If you notice fluid underneath your car on the driveway, then it’s time to get the car into a transmission shop. Don’t ignore the signs, the faster you get the car to the shop, the faster the leak can be stopped preventing you from having to have extensive repairs on down the line.

The Transmission is Slipping

The top sign that your transmission is slipping is that it seems to shift gears on its own for no reason. It is possible that the car will start making a noise that you’ve never heard before. This means it’s possible your transmission is failing. Getting it to the shop is important if you want to save your transmission and your car.

These are just a couple signs that your automatic transmission is about to go on the fritz. Your best bet is to take your car in for inspection to Twin Transmission so that it can be determined whether you need any work done, before the problems get that bad. We are waiting and eager to serve you. Contact us today for help with all your transmission needs.

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3 Common Transmission Services Revealed

When it comes to taking care of your car, your transmission is one of the things you need to maintain the most if you want your car to run smoothly and efficiently. There are a few different services that should be done on your transmission on a regular basis to ensure your car is running the way it should be. With that in mind, read on below for a few of the most common transmission services revealed.

Replacing the Pan Gasket

You pan gasket can become worn and cracked over time if it isn’t replaced the way that it should be. This results in transmission leaks, which will eventually cause your transmission to start dragging and shifting improperly. It also can contribute to unsafe driving conditions for you and the people who are riding with you.

Cleaning and Removing Grime

A buildup of dirt, grime, and fluid can cause transmission problems as well. Your best bet is to take the car to a reputable transmission shop and let them remove the buildup for you. Every part of the transmission should be wiped clean of build up properly. Over time, this can lead to serious problems with your transmission and money spent that you could have used somewhere else.

Replacing the Transmission Filter

You need to have the transmission filter and the old seal replaced on your car periodically. Dirty or clogged transmission filters can end up with your car being sluggish and put undue stress on the transmission as well.

While these things might sound complicated to a novice, making sure to take your car into Twin Transmission for service on a regular basis can ensure your car is healthy and running smoothly at all time. Contact us today for an appointment and to have any questions answered you might have.

 

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Does Your Tranmission Need to be Flushed?

Does Your Tranmission Need to be Flushed?

In most cases, having your transmission flushed every two years or every 30,000 miles, whichever comes first, is sufficient to keep your car in perfect working order. However, there are often that your car needs a transmission flush early, for whatever reason. With that in mind, read on below for a few of the top signs that you might need a transmission flush now, instead of later.

Transmission is Grinding or Making Strange Noises

If your fluid is contaminated with dirt, grease, or sludge, it can cause the same symptoms as having low fluid can. If you hear the transmission grinding or making any other strange noise when you are driving down the road, you need to pull over and check the levels. If they are okay, then it’s time to get your car into the shop for an inspection and possibly a transmission flush.

Problems with Shifting Gears

It doesn’t matter if you’re driving a stick shift or an automatic, it’s not going to shift properly if your fluid is dirty. In an automatic transmission, the gears will shift to quickly or too late and in a standard, you may have a problem shifting gears at all. If you have this issue and don’t want your car’s transmission to blow, you need to get a transmission flush as soon as possible.

The Gears Are Slipping

If your transmission has no other problems, but is still slipping when you go down the road, it may be time for a transmission flush. Your best bet is to take it into a mechanic and let them decide what is wrong for you.

These are just a few of the top signs that your transmission needs to be flushed. For more information and an inspection to determine if this is what is needed, contact the professionals at Twin Transmission for help.

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Most Common Tranmission Issues Revealed

Most Common Tranmission Issues Revealed

The transmission in your car is one of its most important components. Transmission issues can render your car motionless and you will be hunting for a ride or walking. If you take care of your car and its transmission, then it should last you a good long time. However, you do need to know which problems to look out for. With that in mind, read on below for a few of the most common transmission issues to be revealed.

Leaks and Low Fluid Levels

Low levels are fluid leaks are some of the biggest causes of transmission issues. Leaks are usually caused by a problem with the transmission and need to be tended to as soon as possible. Low fluid levels could mean that you just need to add transmission fluid to the car. However, if this keeps happening then you have a problem somewhere and need to get it sorted out right away by taking your car in for repairs.

Problems with the Clutch

Your clutch is located in the car’s torque converter and can sometimes become jammed. The symptoms of a locked solenoid mimic those of low fluid, so you need to have the car inspected. If your car is shaking and overheating, this may very well be your problem. You need to get the car to a mechanic right away for diagnosis.

Poor Maintenance

Poor maintenance is actually the number one cause of transmission issues. If you don’t have your transmission flushed or don’t check the fluid levels on a regular basis, then you can’t expect the transmission or the car to keep going strong. Take care of your car and it will take care of you.

These are just a few of the most common transmission issues to watch out for today. If you have any questions or need help with your transmission contact the professionals at Twin Transmission today!

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Are Personal Transmission Repairs Smart?

Are Personal Transmission Repairs Smart?

Nowadays, more and more people are attempting repairs themselves. But, is a transmission something an amateur should handle? To that, we say now. A transmission on some of the most complex parts of your vehicle, next to the motor of course. Therefore, it should only be handled by a professional.

Injuries

This is one of the most common things that happen when a person tries to handle transmission repairs on their own. Transmission are extremely heavy. Therefore, they should never be handled alone or without the proper tools. The most common injury surrounding transmissions is a crushed chest. People believe they can lay under a transmission as they try to remove it. When they do this more often than not the transmission falls and crushes the chest. Leave pulling a transmission to the professional to prevent injuries.

Costly Damage

A lot of people who DIY chose to do so to save money. What they don’t realize is it can end up costing you more to do it yourself than it would to hire someone to do it for you. Take transmission rebuilds as an example. You need several different tools the average person doesn’t have. You either have to rent the tools or buy them outright, both are unexpected cost. Then comes the damage, since you are not a professional there is more room for mistakes. These mistakes made can end up causing more damage than there was in the beginning. Therefore, more out of pocket expenses. Save money by contacting Twin Transmission.

Time Consuming

Life is busy, why add more to it. When you attempt transmission repairs yourself, you have to take into consideration how much time it will take. On top of family, work, and other responsibilities it can be hard to find time to make the repairs. If you hire a professional you can get it done in a timely manner and be driving again in no time.

Twin Transmission in Charlotte wants to save you the hassle by handling your transmission needs. Contact them today to get a free estimate on all transmission services.

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Tips for Finding a Trustworthy Repairman

 

Tips for Finding a Trustworthy Repairman

We all know that it can be hard to find a trustworthy mechanic, but they are out there. When you are trying to find a trustworthy repairman for your transmission, it is important to look for a few key things they offer. Below, you can find a few tips to keep in mind when trying to find someone for your transmission repairs.

Warranty

People who are not trustworthy don’t offer warranties. This is because they know the work won’t last and they want to make as much money as they can. Therefore, when looking for a transmission repairman always ask what warranties and guarantees they offer on their work and products.

Estimates and Consultation

It has been said time and time again that an honest company will help you. They understand that repairs and rebuilds can cost a lot of money. They should offer a free consultation and estimate, to save you money in the long run. This is how a company wins your business. Why change someone an arm and a leg just to look at your vehicle. Twin Transmission offers both a free estimate and a free consultation.

Other Specials

You never know what kind of deals are out there. Some companies even offer towing. This helps you get your vehicle to the transmission repairman without the hassle of figuring out how to get it there. Some charge for this deal, after all, they have to pay for their gas, but if you ask, they may offer it for free. Always look for the best deals for your situation.

Twin Transmission offers all the above. The specialize in transmission rebuilds, however, they can handle all your transmission related issues. With over 30 years’ experience, they are your go to a transmission shop. Stop by or call today to get your car back on the road!

 

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